Business Plan Template for a Startup Business

To increase your odds of a successful business startup, download this step-by-step business plan template you can use to plan for your new business. Read more


Startup Expenses

Nearly everyone who has ever started a business has underestimated the costs, and then faced the danger of running with inadequate capital reserves. The key to avoiding this... Read more

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Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: Module 1 - Startup Basics

If you’re thinking about starting your own business, this module will teach you the basics. You will learn whether business ownership is right for you. Read more

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Preparing for your SCORE Appointment

Preparing for your appointment is optional, but if you do a little beforehand it greatly enhances the effectiveness of your mentoring session and you maximize the mentor’s ability... Read more


Strategic Thinking

Slide presentation outlining key considerations in strategic thinking for your business. Read more

SBA Program Reference Guide

A handy, one-page reference guide to SBA programs Read more

Personal Financial Statement

This Excel spreadsheet is a template for creating a personal financial statement. Read more

NITEC Forum Guideline

Developed by the Northern Illinois Technology Enterprise Center,  Entrepreneurs  should use this outline when seeking investor funding. Read more

Buying a Small Business

The advantages to purchasing an existing business- plus steps to take during the process. Read more

Understanding Credit Scoring

Credit worthiness is evaluated by lending institutions with the assistance of credit scoring. Read more

The ABCs of Borrowing (through traditional lenders)

This article describes types of lending available through traditional sources, and what lenders will be evaluating. Read more

Choosing the Right Bank

What to know in choosing a financial institution.  What to look for and what services are offered. Read more

12 month sales forecast

Excel spreadsheet for 12 month sales forecast Read more

Opening Day Balance Sheet

Excel spreadsheet for opening day balance sheet Read more

Start-up expense worksheet

Excel spreadsheet for start-up expenses Read more